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Flag Football Rules

Intramural flag football games will be conducted under the rules of the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association Flag & Touch Football Rules Book- with the following modifications:

I. GENERAL INFORMATION

1. The Players

a)     The game shall be played between 2 teams of 7 players each. 4 players are required to begin a game.

  1. Co-Rec: The game shall be played between 2 teams of 8 players each, 4 men and 4 women.  5 players are required to avoid a forfeit. Teams with 7 players shall be 4 men and 3 women or 4 women and 3 men. Six players, 3 men and 3 women, 4 men and 2 women, or 4 women and 2 men, are required to start the game and avoid a forfeit.

b)    If, due to injuries, a team drops below the minimum number of players (4/5) it may continue if the Referee feels they still have a chance to win.

2. Location

All games will be played at Munn Fields located off Shaw Lane, south of Munn Arena OR played at IM East Fields located off Shaw Lane, east of the Wharton Center.  

3. Team Captains

Each team shall designate to the Referee a player as the field captain. This person is the only player who can communicate with the officials. The captain’s first choice of any penalty option shall be irrevocable. The captain is responsible for any information contained in the Intramural Flag Football Rules, IM Participant Handbook, and Sportsmanship Policy.

II. THE FIELD

  1. Markings - The field shall be a rectangular area 100 yards x 40 yards with the following markings: respective lines to gain (1st down) for each team in order are the 20, 40, and 20. Hash marks will be drawn parallel to each sideline located 15 yards into the field from each sideline. There will be marks at the 3, 10, and 14 yard lines.
  2. Inbound/Out of Bounds – Any portion of the sidelines, or end lines, is considered out of bounds. All areas inside the sidelines and end lines is considered inbounds. The entire width of each goal line shall be part of the end zone.
  3. Team Areas - Players, coaches, and fans shall stay between the 20-yard lines at all times. Repeated warnings about this rule will result in an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

III. EQUIPMENT

  1. Flag Belt - Each player must wear a one piece belt that is free of any knots clipped at the waist line with three flags permanently attached, one flag on each side and one at the center of the back. Flags shall be of contrasting color to team jerseys and also their opponent’s flags. Flags will be checked out to each team on site with an MSU ID. Shirts must be tucked in and flag belts must be worn on the outside of all clothing!
  2. Team Jerseys - Teams shall wear shirts that are of the same color. Home team shall be instructed to wear DARK jerseys. Away team shall be instructed to wear WHITE jerseys. Team jerseys must contrast with the jerseys of the opposing team. If teams are wearing the same color jersey, the official shall flip a coin to determine who will change. Jerseys may not be tied in a manner that creates any type of knot. Jerseys must NOT have excessively large sleeve holes. 
  3. Shorts/Pants – Shorts or pants must NOT have any pockets or holes. 
  4. Shoes - Players must wear shoes, either soft soled soccer/football cleats, tennis, or Astroturf shoes. No sandals, boots, or metal/sharp plastic cleats will be allowed. No screw in or detachable cleats will be allowed.
  5. Supports, Braces, Gloves, and Pads - No casts/splints will be allowed under any circumstances. No pads or braces will be allowed above the waist. Players who wear a knee brace with exposed metal or metal hinges are required to cover it with at least ½ inch of closed cell slow recovery rubber or other material of the same minimum thickness and physical properties. Players may also wear gloves, which consist of a soft, pliable non-abrasive material. Kneepads of a soft pliable nature will be allowed below the waist. Any player wearing illegal or dangerous equipment shall not be permitted to play. All equipment shall be subject to the approval of the IM Officials/staff and their decisions shall be final.
  6. Headwear - Players may wear a one-piece elastic headband made of a soft pliable material. They may also wear knit stocking caps in cold weather. Rubber or elastic cloth bands may be used to control hair. No other headwear will be allowed. No baseball caps, bandannas (including "Do-rags") or helmets.
  7. Jewelry - Jewelry or hard hair control devices will not be allowed. This includes but is not limited to necklaces, earrings, newly pierced earrings, facial piercing, rings, bracelets & watches. Individuals will not be allowed to tape over any jewelry item. If you cannot remove the item you cannot play. Medical bracelets will be allowed pending approval from IM officials/staff.

IV. PERIODS, TIME FACTORS, AND SUBSTITUTIONS

  1. Length of Game - A legal game shall consist of two halves of 20 minutes each, with the clock stopping for all timeouts, for the two minute warning in the second half, and for each dead ball in the last two minutes of the second half. Teams receive two, 1 minute time outs per half, that do not carry over into an additional period. Half time shall be three minutes. If the score is tied after the two halves, overtime shall be played.
  1. Coin Toss - The Referee shall toss a coin and offer the winning Captain these options:
    1. To defer his/her option until the second half.
    2. To receive the ball first or play defense first.
    3. To defend a specific goal.
  2. At the start of the second half, the loser of the first half coin toss shall have his/her option to be on offense or defense, or which goal to defend, unless the first half winner deferred his/her selection.
  3. Mercy Rule - At 2 minutes left to play in the fourth quarter, or any time thereafter, if a team is 19 or more points ahead, the mercy rule will be in effect and the game shall end.
    1. Co-Rec: Mercy rule comes into effect when a team is 25 or more points ahead when there are 2 minutes or less left in the fourth quarter.
  4. Overtime Procedure - In case of a game ending with a tie score, the officials will bring both captains to the center of the field to explain the overtime procedure.
    1. There will be only one coin toss. The winner of the toss shall be given options of offense, defense, or direction. The loser of the toss shall make a choice of the remaining options.
    2. Both teams will go the same direction in overtime.
    3. Each team will be given a series of downs (4 downs) from the 10-yard line. The object is to score a touchdown.
    4. If the first team which is awarded the ball scores, the second team will still have a series of downs to attempt to win or tie the game.
    5. Try for points will still be attempted in a normal manner by any team who scores a touchdown.
    6. If the defense secures possession, the ball will be placed at the 10-yard line to begin their series of downs.
    7. If the score is tied after both teams have had their series of downs, the process will be repeated.
      1. However, the team that went second on offense will now go first and the team that went first on offense will now go second.
      2. The teams will rotate positions until a winner is declared.
    8. Each team is entitled to 1 timeout only during the entire overtime.
  5. Time-outs - Each team is allowed two one-minute time-outs per half.
  6. Substitutions - Players may substitute at any time between downs. There shall be no limit to the number of substitutes.
    1. Substitutes must be within 15 yards of the ball before the play starts. Penalty: Illegal Substitution, 5 yards.
    2. Substitutes shall be ready for play and cause no delay in the game. Penalty: Delay of Game, 5 yards.

V. BALL IN PLAY, DEAD BALL, OUT OF BOUNDS

  1. Ball in Play - The offense must snap the ball within 25 seconds after the Referee has blown the whistle to put the ball in play. Penalty: Delay of Game, 5 yards.
  2. Dead Ball - A live ball becomes dead, and an official shall sound the whistlee, or declare it dead when one of the following occurs:
    1. The ball goes out of bounds.
    2. Any part of the runner other than a hand(s) or foot (feet) touches the ground.
    3. A touchdown, touchback, safety, or successful Try is made.
    4. The ball strikes the ground following 1st touching by K.
    5. K catches a punt that is beyond the neutral zone or when an untouched punt comes to rest on the ground and no player attempts to secure it.
    6. A forward pass strikes the ground or is caught simultaneously by opposing players.
    7. A backward pass or fumble by a player strikes the ground or is caught simultaneously by opposing players. A snapped ball that hits the ground before or after getting to the intended receiver is dead at the spot where it hits the ground. NOTE: If in doubt, a snap close to the ground remains live.
    8. A forward pass is legally completed or a loose ball is caught by a player on, above, or behind the opponent’s goal line.
    9. A runner has a flag belt removed legally by an opponent. A flag belt is removed when the clip is detached from the belt, the belt is torn into more than 1 piece, or the flag is torn off the belt (flag only). NOTE: If in doubt, the flag belt has been pulled.
    10. A runner is legally tagged (flag only).
    11. A runner is legally tagged with 1 hand between the shoulders and knees, including the hand and arm (touch only).
    12. A passer is deflagged/tagged prior to releasing the ball. NOTE: If in doubt, the ball is released.
    13. A muff of a punt strikes the ground.
    14. K’s punt breaks the plane of R’s goal line.
    15. B secures possession during a Try or overtime.
    16. A prosthetic device becomes dislodged from a player who is in possession of the ball.
    17. An official sounds his/her whistle inadvertently during a down or during a down in which the penalty for a foul is declined and the status of the ball is as follows:
      1. The ball is in player possession. The team in possession may elect to put the ball in play where declared dead or replay the down.
      2. The ball is loose from a fumble, backward pass, illegal kick, or illegal forward pass. The team in possession may elect to put the ball in play where possession was lost or replay the down.
      3. The ball is in flight during a legal forward pass or a punt. The ball is returned to the previous spot and the down replayed.
        1. If a foul occurs during any of the above downs, an accepted penalty shall be administered as in any other play situation. When the foul is accepted, disregard the inadvertent whistle. NOTE: There is no time added to the game clock during a down with an inadvertent whistle.
  1. Out-of-Bounds
    1. A ball in player possession is out-of-bounds when the runner or the ball touches the ground or anything else which is on or outside a boundary line, except a player or game official.
    2. If the inbounds runner is touched by a player or an official on the sidelines out-of-bounds, the ball is still in play.
    3. A loose ball is out-of-bounds when it touches the ground, a player, or anything else, which is on or outside a boundary line.
    4.  A player who is catching a forward pass is considered out-of-bounds when any part of his/her person contacts that area declared out-of-bounds. One foot is needed inbounds for a legal reception.

VII. SERIES OF DOWNS, NUMBER OF DOWNS

  1. Starting a Series of Downs- There will be no free kick to start the game or the second half. The ball will be put in play at the 14-yard line to begin each half and after each touchdown.
  2. Number of Downs - The team in possession of the ball shall have four consecutive downs to advance to the next zone line-to-gain. A new series of downs shall be awarded when a team moves the ball into the next zone.
  3. Line to Gain - The zone line-to-gain in any series shall be the zone in advance of the ball, unless the distance has been lost due to penalty or failure to gain. In such case, the original zone in advance of the ball at the beginning of the series of downs is the zone line-to-gain. The most forward point of the ball, when declared dead between the goal lines, shall be the determining factor if a line to gain has been achieved.

 

PROTECTED SCRIMMAGE KICK (PUNT)

  1. Decision to Punt - Prior to making the ball ready for play on fourth down, the Referee will ask the offensive captain if he/she wants a protected scrimmage kick (Punt). The Referee will then communicate this decision to the defensive team captain. The offense may request a punt on any down. After such announcement, the ball must be kicked.

a)    Exception:

1)    A team time-out is called

2)    A penalty occurs anytime during this down which results in the right of the kicking team to repeat the down again.

3)    The Referee must then again ask the offensive captain whether he/she wants a punt.

  1. Formation - Neither the kicking team nor the receiving team may advance beyond their respective scrimmage lines until the ball is kicked. After receiving the snap, the kicker must immediately kick and in a continuous motion.
  2. Recovery - If a punt touches a player on either team and then hits the ground it is dead and belongs to receiving team. If a punt hits a receiving player, and is then caught in the air by the receiving team, it can be advanced. If a punt hits a receiving player, and is caught in the air by the kicking team, it belongs to the kicking team at that spot. If the receiving team catches a punt and then fumbles, and the kicking team catches the fumble in the air before it hits the ground it can be advanced by the kicking team.
  3. Out of Bounds and Ball at Rest - If a punted ball goes out of bounds anytime before being touched, or comes to rest between the goal lines, it shall belong to the receiving team at that spot. If the ball goes into the end-zone it may be taken as a touchback and put in play at the receiving team’s 14-yard line or the receiving team may advance it out of the end-zone.

KICK CATCH INTERFERENCE, FIRST TOUCHING, FAIR CATCH

  1. Kick Catch Interference - While any punt is in flight beyond K’s scrimmage line (1st ball spotter), K shall not touch the ball or R, nor obstruct R’s path to the ball, unless the punt has been touched by R. K may catch, touch, muff, or bat a punt in flight beyond K’s scrimmage line if no R player is in position to catch the ball. Penalty:  Kick Catching Interference, 10 yards
  2. First Touching - If any member of kicking team touches the kicked ball first, after it crosses the line of scrimmage, it is referred to as first touching and the receiving team may take the ball at that spot or at the spot determined by the action that follows first touching. The receiving team loses the right to take the spot of first touching if during the return a foul is committed by the receiving team, or any penalty is accepted by the receiving team.
  3. Fair Catch - NO FAIR CATCH. There are no signals, fair catch or otherwise, during kicks. Penalty: Unfair Act, Live Ball Foul, 10 yards.

IX. SNAPPING, HANDING, AND PASSING THE BALL

THE SCRIMMAGE AND SNAP

  1. The Snap - The snapper shall pass the ball back from its position on the ground with a quick and continuous motion of the hands. They do not have to pass the ball between the legs.
    1. Following the ready for play signal, no defensive player may break the plane of the restraining line at any time until the ball is snapped. Penalty: Dead Ball Foul, Encroachment, 5 yards. If this occurs twice in same dead ball interval, the penalty will be 10 yards for the second encroachment foul, if accepted.
    2. No offensive player shall make a false start, or any action that simulates the start of play. This penalty may be enforced regardless if the ball is snapped. Penalty: Dead Ball Foul, Illegal Procedure, 5 yards.
    3. The snapper must have both feet behind the scrimmage line. They may not simulate the start of the snap. Penalty: Dead Ball Foul, Illegal Procedure, yards.
    4. The player receiving the snap must be at least 2 yards behind the scrimmage line at the time of the snap. Penalty: Illegal Procedure, 5 yards.
  2. Legal Positions - All players are subject to motion, position, and illegal procedure rules.
    1. Anytime at or after the ball is ready for play, each Team A player must momentarily be within 15 yards of the ball before the snap. Penalty: Illegal Procedure, 5 yards.
    2. Two, three, and four point stances are legal.
    3. One offensive player may be in motion, but not in motion toward the opponent’s goal line at the snap. Penalty: Illegal Motion, 5 yards.
    4. Following a huddle or shift, all offensive players must come to a complete stop and remain stationary for one full second before the snap. Penalty: Illegal Shift, 5 yards.
  3. After the Play - Offensive players are responsible for retrieving the ball after the scrimmage down. The snapper will bring the ball from the huddle to the scrimmage line.

HANDING THE BALL

  1. Any player may hand the ball forward or backward at any time.
  2. Co-Rec: A male runner cannot advance the ball through A’s scrimmage line unless the runner gained possession of the ball via a legal forward pass. Penalty: Illegal Male Advancement, 5 yards from the previous spot.

PASSING AND RECEIVING

  1. Legal and Illegal Forward Passing - All players are eligible to touch or catch a forward pass. Only ONE forward pass may be thrown per down. A forward pass is Illegal:
    1. if either of the passer’s feet are beyond the offensive line of scrimmage when the ball leaves his/her hand;
    2. if thrown after team possession has changed during the down;
    3. if intentionally grounded to save loss of yardage;
    4. if a passer catches his/her untouched forward pass;
    5. if there is more than one forward pass per down.
  2. Open-Closed Plays (Co-Rec Only). During the offensive team's possession, there may not be 2 consecutive legal forward pass completions, from a male passer to a male receiver. A male may never run the ball past the line of scrimmage.
    1. During an "open" play, any combination of passers or receivers, or runners may advance the ball beyond the line of scrimmage.
    2. After a male-to-male completion, the play becomes "closed". This rule also applies to the try for point.
    3. During a "closed" play, the play must involve a female passer or a female receiver.
    4. The spot where the ball becomes dead, by rule, must be beyond the scrimmage line.
    5. There are no other restrictions concerning a male passer completing legal forward passes to a female receiver, or female to female, or female to male.

Pass Penalty: Illegal Forward Pass, 5 yards from the spot where the second consecutive male-to-male completed legal forward pass is released, and a loss of down. Any foul, whether accepted or declined, shall have no effect on whether the next legal forward pass completion is "open" or "closed"

Run Penalty: A male may not advance the ball by running across the line of scrimmage. Penalty: Illegal Procedure, 5 yards from the previous spot, replay the down.  Any foul, whether accepted or declined, shall have no effect on whether the next play is "open" or "closed".

  1. Backward Pass and Fumble -
    1. A runner may pass the ball backward at anytime.
    2. A backward pass or fumble may be caught or intercepted in flight inbounds by any player and advanced.
    3. A backward pass or fumble which goes out of bounds between the goal lines belongs to the team last in possession at the out of bounds spot.
    4. A backward pass or fumble which touches the ground between the goal lines is down at the spot where it touches the ground and belongs to the team last in possession unless lost on downs.
    5. A backward pass or fumble by the offense that first hits the ground in
      1. the team’s own end-zone is a safety, or
      2. the opponent’s end-zone is a touchback.
  2. Pass Interference - Intramural Football is NOT a CONTACT sport, however, incidental contact will occur.
    1. Offensive Pass Interference, 10 yards from the previous spot and loss of down. Note: Offensive screen blocking beyond the line of scrimmage DURING a pass attempt is considered Offensive Pass Interference.
    2. Defensive Pass Interference, 10 yards from the previous spot and an automatic first down. Note: If contact is made on a receiver behind the line of scrimmage during a pass attempt, the penalty is Illegal Contact, not Defensive Pass Interference.
    3. In a. and b. above, pass interference is defined as bumping, pushing, or unnecessary contact with an opponent OR restricting a player from access to a pass while on offense or defense OR hindering an opponent’s vision without making an attempt to catch, intercept or bat the ball is pass interference, even though no contact was made.
    4. Players may NOT "go through opponents" to get to a ball that is in flight. This could result in automatic ejection from the game.
  3. General Information -
    1. A pass is any exchange of the ball that involves airtime. This can be a forward or backward, overhand pass, underhand pitch, or any other toss or flip of the ball.
    2. The pass begins when the ball is released from the passer’s hand. The ball is dead if the passer is de-flagged before the release.
    3. The initial direction of a pass determines whether a pass is forward or backward.
    4. If a forward or backward pass is caught simultaneously by opposing players, the ball becomes dead, is considered a completed pass, and belongs to the offensive team.

X. SCORING PLAYS AND TOUCHBACK

SCORING

  1. Touchdown - (Co-Rec) If a female scores a touchdown, receiving or throwing a forward pass or running across the goal line, the point value is 9. All other touchdowns are 6 points.
  2. Try-for-point (extra point) - Ball in play from the 3 yard line = 1 point
    Ball in play from the 10 yard line = 2 points, Ball in play from the 20 yd line = 3 points
    Note: An intercepted pass or fumble during the try cannot be returned for a touchdown. The try is over when the defense secures possession, the try is successful, or the ball becomes dead by rule.
  3. Safety - When a safety is scored (2 points) the ball belongs to the scoring team at their own 14-yard line.
  4. General Information - After any score, the ball shall be placed in play at the opposing team’s 14-yard line, unless moved by penalty
    1. To be ruled a touchdown; the ball must be on or over the goal line.
    2. The player scoring the touchdown must raise his/her arms so the nearest official can de-flag the player. If the official determines the flag belt has been secured illegally, the touchdown will be disallowed. Penalty: Unsportsmanlike Conduct, player automatically disqualified from the game, 10 yards from the previous spot.
    3. Once the captain makes the choice for one, two, or three points after a touchdown, he/she may change the decision only after an offensive or defensive charged team time-out.
    4. A team, which intercepts a pass in its own end zone, may advance the ball out of the end zone. It is a touchback if the interceptor is de-flagged before leaving his/her end zone.

XI. CONDUCT OF PLAYERS

  1. PERSONAL FOULS - No player, substitute, or coach shall commit a personal foul. Personal fouls may include but are not limited to:
    1. Using fist, foot, knee, or leg to contact an opponent.
    2. Tackling the ball carrier (automatic ejection).
    3. Steal, attempt to steal or strip, or bat the ball from a player in possession.
    4. Illegal Contact.
    5. Hurdling a player, tripping, clipping, etc.
    6. Unnecessary roughness.
    7. Touching a player or ball carrier with undo force.
    8. Roughing the passer (automatic first down) - applies only to the player throwing a legal forward pass behind the offensive line of scrimmage. If a defender contacts the passer in any fashion, whether or not he/she touches the pass, it is roughing the passer. Penalty: All of the above (a-h): Personal Foul, 10 yards, flagrant offenders will be disqualified.
  2. Guarding the Flag Belt
    1. Flag Guard. A runner shall not flag guard by using his/her hands, arms, or the ball to cause contact between the runner and an opponent that denies the opponent  the opportunity to pull or remove the flag belt. Examples of flag guarding include, but are not limited to, the following:
      1. Placing or swinging the hand or arm over the flag belt
      2. Placing the ball in possession over the flag belt
      3. Lowering the shoulders in such a manner that places the arm over the flag belt Penalty:  Flag Guarding, 10 yards
    2. Stiff Arm. The runner shall be prohibited from contacting an opponent with extended hand or arm. This includes the use of a “stiff arm” extended to ward off an opponent attempting to deflag/tag. Penalty:  Personal Foul, Illegal Contact, 10 yards
    3. Help the Runner. The runner shall not grasp a teammate or be grasped, pulled, or pushed by a teammate. Penalty: Help the Runner, 5 yards
    4. Obstruct the Runner. An opponent shall not hold, grasp, or obstruct the forward progress of a runner when in the act of removing the flag belt or making a legal tag. Penalty:  Holding, 10 yards
    5. Charge. A runner shall not charge into nor contact an opponent in his/her path nor attempt to run between 2 opponents or between an opponent and a sideline, unless the space is such as to provide a reasonable chance for him/her to go through without contact. If a runner in his/her progress has established a straight line path, he/she may not be crowded out of that path, but if an opponent is able to legally establish a defensive position in that path, the runner must avoid contact by changing direction. Penalty:  Personal Foul, Illegal Contact, 10 yards

UNFAIR ACTS

No player, substitute, coach or others subject to the Rules shall use disconcerting words or phrases or commit any act not in accordance with the spirit for the purpose of confusing the opponent. Penalty: Personal Foul, Unfair Act, 10 yards.

XII. BLOCKING AND SCREENING

  1. Blocking, as in regulation football, is prohibited. A player may not use his/her hands or body to block or ward off an opponent. Penalty: Personal Foul, 10 yards.
  2. Offensive players may protect the runner by screening.

a)    The offensive screen block shall take place without contact and the screener may maintain a position (moving or stationary) between the defensive player and the runner.

b)    The screen blocker shall have his/her arms at their sides or behind their back.

c)    Any use of arms, elbows, or legs to initiate contact during an offensive player’s screen block is illegal.

d)    A blocker may use a hand or arm to break a fall or retain balance.

e)    Player’s must remain on their feet before, during, and after screen blocking.

f)     No part of the screener’s body, except their feet, may be in contact with the ground. Penalty: All of the above (a-f) Illegal Contact, 10 yards.

  1. Defensive players must avoid the offensive player’s screen block. Penalty: Personal Foul, 10 yards.
  2. The runner may not stiff arm or lower a shoulder into an opponent. Penalty: Personal Foul, 10 yards.
  3. Illegal contact between the blocker/rusher will be called against the player determined to have initiated contact (similar to "block/charge" in basketball). Penalty: Personal Foul, 10 yards. Repeated illegal contact could result in ejection from the game.

XIII. FLAG BELT REMOVAL

  1. Players must have possession of the ball before they can be deflagged legally by an opponent.
  2. When a runner loses his/her flag belt either accidently, inadvertently (not removed by grabbing or pulling), or on purpose, play continues. The deflagging reverts to a 1 hand tag of the runner between the shoulders and knees by an opponent.
  3. In circumstances where a flag belt is removed illegally by a player, play should continue with the option of a penalty on the play. Penalty:  Personal Foul, Illegal Flag Belt Removal, 10 yards
  4. An opponent intentionally pulling a flag belt from an offensive player without the ball is illegal. Penalty:  Personal Foul, Illegal Flag Belt Removal, 10 yards
  5. Tampering with the flag belt in any way to gain an advantage, including tying, using foreign materials, or other such acts, is illegal. Penalty:  Personal Foul, Intentionally Tampering with the Flag Belt, 10 yards from the previous spot, and player disqualification. If by A, loss of down. If by B, automatic 1st down.
  6. A nonplayer deflags or interferes with a runner. Penalty:  Personal Foul, Nonplayer Deflagging/ Interfering with the Runner, 10 yards. The Referee will award a touchdown and disqualify the nonplayer.

XIV. SPORTSMANSHIP

All players, coaches, and fans are expected to comply with the Sportsmanship Policy as outlined in the Intramural Participant Handbook. Participants are expected to treat the IM staff, officials, equipment, and each another with courtesy and respect.

XV. SUMMARY OF NIRSA FLAG FOOTBALL PENALTIES

PENALTIES AND YARDAGE

Loss of 5 yards

1)    Required equipment worn illegally at the snap

2)    Delay of game (Dead Ball)

3)    Eligible substitution

4)    Illegal substitution

5)    Punt formation and snap

6)    Punting the ball

7)    Encroachment (Dead Ball)

8)    False start (Dead Ball)

9)    Illegal snap (Dead Ball)

10) Illegal formation

11) Minimum Line Players

12) Illegal motion

13) Illegal snap within 2 yards of scrimmage line

14) Illegal shift

15) Illegal advancement (Co-Rec)

16) Intentionally throwing a backward pass or fumble out-of-bounds (Loss of down if by offence)

17) Illegal forward pass (Loss of down for offense)

18) Intentional grounding (Loss of down)

19) Illegal forward pass – 2 consecutive Male to Male Forward Pass Completions (Loss of down) (Co-Rec)

20) Illegal forward pass – Male catches pass and runs beyond the scrimmage line (Loss of down) (Co-Rec)

21) Help the runner

Loss of 10 yards

1)    Illegal Player Equipment

2)    Quick Punt

3)    Kick Catch Interference

4)    Two or more encroachment fouls during the interval between downs

5)    Offensive pass interference

6)    Defensive pass interference

7)    Illegally secured flag belt on a touchdown (Loss of down if by offence) (Automatic first down if by defense)

8)    Unsportsmanlike player conduct

9)    Spiking, kicking, or throwing the ball during a dead ball

10) Unsportsmanlike conduct by players and non-players

11) Strip or attempt to strip the ball

12) Throw the runner to the ground

13) Hurdle any player

14) Contact before or after the ball is dead

15) Unnecessary contact of any nature

16) Drive or run into an opponent

17) Position upon shoulders or body of a teammate

18) Tackle the runner

19) Fight an opponent

20) Roughing the passer (Automatic first down)

21) Illegal offensive screen blocking

22) Interlocked interference

23) Defensive use of hands

24) Illegal flag belt removal

25) Guarding the flag belt

26) Stiff arm

27) Obstruct or hold the runner

28) Batting a loose ball

29) Illegal kicking

30) Illegal participation

31) Illegal substitute/replaced player

32) Pretended, unfair substitution

Disqualification Associated With Certain 10 Yard Penalties

1)    Flagrant Unsportsmanlike Player Conduct

2)    Flagrant Spiking, Kicking, or Throwing the Ball

3)    Flagrant Unsportsmanlike Conduct by Players and Non-Players

4)    Intentionally Contacting an Official

5)    Flagrant Personal Fouls

6)    Tackle the Runner

7)    Fight an Opponent

8)    Intentional Tampering with Flag Belt – (Offense loss of down)

9)    Intentional Tampering with Flag Belt – (Defense automatic first down)